A Memorial Day Tribute
Those of you long-time DG readers know Memorial Day is the holiday I take most seriously of all. Actually I don’t even consider it a holiday, because it’s really a day of remembrance meant to honor those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice by laying down their lives for our country.
On the Friday before Memorial Day I traditionally reshare the attached YouTube link. It’s a video for If You’re Reading This (Lay Me Down) by Tim McGraw. The video is hard to watch but stay with it, as it’s an important reminder of the sacrifice these soldiers and their families go through.
Additionally, I’d like to repost an excerpt from a 2010 speech which Lt. General John Kelly, who now serves as President Trump’s Chief of Staff, delivered about two young Marines killed in action on April 28, 2008 while manning a checkpoint in Ramadi, Iraq. It’s a gripping account of extreme heroism displayed by these Marines who put their fellow Americans and their mission before their own lives. What’s equally amazing is that Lt. General Kelly told this story in a speech just four days after he lost his own son who was serving in Afghanistan. Just the act of telling the story of other Marines’ valor in a moment of great personal tragedy over his own loss is the embodiment of putting others before yourself, and is a fitting tribute to the heroes who lost their lives in this story.
I’ve posted this story before, but even if you’ve already read it make a promise to yourself to read it again on Monday. It will help you truly appreciate the meaning of Memorial Day.